ERIC Number: ED301333
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Talk, Read, Joke, Make Friends: Language Power for Children.
Honig, Alice Sterling
Offered are 20 tips that caregivers can use to help young children discover the pleasures and powers of language. Tips include: tie words to actions; use language that matches the child's stage of development; use specific encouragement; help children think in sequences; teach time and space words, as well as polar opposites and relational terms; use open-ended questions; activate children's listening skills; keep talk and attitudes toward language positive, and use humor; describe and label; help children see the relationship between written and oral language; help children create stories; engage children in dramatic play games; discuss feelings with children; help children reason and use cause and effect words; use incongruity and make obvious mistakes to encourage children to explain; read to children in groups and individually; use music, chants, rhythms, and finger plays; and listen to children while encouraging them to communicate verbally. Caregivers are reminded that children need communicative adults in order to develop rich and complex communication skills. (RH)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (Anaheim, CA, November 10-13, 1988).